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It's minutes of color-time-travel basking in the surreally saturated Technicolor palette of the mid 40's. For those who have been denied the experience of watching the recently restored version with a rapt audience on a big screen as happened April 26, at San Francisco's Castro Theatre, I can only hope you'll contact a film jeanne crain naked theater in your area. Though I've watched this film on DVD, nothing prepared me for the impact of the big screen.
The closeups alone will take your breath away. Is it melodrama or is it noir? Was this review helpful? A Stunning Film drednm 10 August The story is a solid melodrama about beautiful Ellen Berent Gene Tierney in her Oscar-nominated performance who marries a naive novelist Cornel Wilde. He is drawn into her family on the eve of the ceremonial scattering of her father's ashes in New Mexico.
From the getgo the family seems full of angst as everyone stays out of Ellen's jeanne crain naked. On a whim, she breaks her engagement to a lawyer Vincent Price and marries Wilde. She seems jealous of Wilde's attention to the. Somehow, plans are made for the three of them to go to Wilde's "lodge" in Maine, where a faithful servant Chill Wills also lives. Tierney seems more and more edgy and starts to openly resent Hickman and Wills.
Everything starts to unravel at this point as Tierney becomes convinced that Wilde and falling for Crain. A series of mysterious accidents happen and there is a big overblown court case tried by the man Price she dumped to marry Wilde and a stunning turn of events. The movie is gloriously filmed in rich Technicolor that accentuates deep reds, warm golds, and luscious shades of turquoise.
The Maine and New Mexico interiors are just great and look like they came out of a contemporary magazine, including the simple little lodge by the lake. Also of note is the driving dramatic score by Alfred E. Tierney is superb as the troubled Ellen and has never looked more beautiful. Wilde is suitable perplexed as the the novelist.
Crain is solid as the stalwart sister. Price overacts outrageously but it's fun. Philips, Wills, and Hickman are good. Lejink 17 October Can a film noir be effective in glorious colour or is that a contradiction in terms? Anyway I found this lesser-known thriller to be as exciting and involving as any other black-and-white-mean-streets scenario that the 40's threw up.
Tightly plotted, well acted and above all, beautifully photographed, I was gripped from first to last. My only caveats might have been the "framing" device of Cornel Wilde's lawyer's top-and-tail introduction and epilogue, which just takes away a little of the dramatic tension, an over-intrusive musical score, particularly at Wilde and Tierney's first "strangers on a train" meeting and also the fact that more wasn't made of the conclusion of the otherwise tautly drawn crucial trial scene.
The acting is top-rate, with no discernible weak links. What a shame he was later reduced to his stereotype cackling mad-man persona of seemingly dozens of horror films. He's a jeanne crain naked here, almost stealing the movie in said trial scene where he's made to recite long pieces of staccato dialogue which he delivers pitch-perfect. Great as all these pluses are, I keep coming back to the cinematography which captures like no other film I've ever seen tones of radiant beauty in almost every shot, both interior and exterior.
In fact all I can say to finish is that I could find very little to fault this glorious but unheralded example of the golden age of Hollywood. Incest through a third party. The melodrama of which Stahl was one of the masters throughout the thirties had muted,probably because the importance of the film noir in the following decade.
What's particularly puzzling is the color. Like some Lang ,HItchcock or Tourneur works "secret beyond the door" "spellbound" or "cat people",for instance ,this is par excellence a Freudian movie. The heroine has never solved her Oedipus complex :she has always been jeanne crain naked love with her father -dig the scene when Gene Tierney rides her horse as she throws her father's ashes away. The love she could not make with her father ,she will make it through a third party: a husband who jeanne crain naked her dad. This could be fine.
She loves her husband to the exclusion of all others. But there are others ,and they are all living threats. So these intruders will be enemies. Had the heroine preserved her intimacy -and how stupid her husband was not to have understood that! THe color,which might seem irrelevant in a film noir ,is actually necessary because "back of the moon" ,the island in the middle of the lake is a paradise ,soon to become a lost paradise,then a living hell.
A probably never better Gene Tierney outshines every other member of the cast ,which is first-rate though. Little by little,we see her become a monster ,and the actress's performance is so convincing along with a superb script from which a lot of today's writers could draw inspiration that it gives her horrible crimes an implacable logic.
Like in a Greek tragedy. It's the crowning of Stahl 's career in which he transcends both melodrama and film noir. I don't think I agree with those who have deated 'Leave Her to Heaven ' a film noir. By reversing the gender roles, and placing the power in the hands of the wife, director John M. Stahl here creates a formidable femme fatale, personified by the lovely and luminous Gene Tierney. The vibrant Technicolor photography is certainly pleasing to the eye, and the saturated colours add a perhaps-unintended touch of the surreal, but the dazzling colour palette distracts from and obstructs the film's darker themes.
As much as I wouldn't like to deprive myself of Tierney's sparkling green eyes, I think that, in terms of atmosphere, 'Leave Her to Heaven' would have worked better in black-and-white. The film starts off in the classic noir style: told in flashback, the story opens with popular author Richard Harland Cornel Wildewho meets an alluring woman, Ellen Berent Tierneyon a train.
Ellen quickly charms Richard with her dazzling looks and strong personality; soon, despite her own engagement to a prominent lawyer Vincent Priceshe has proposed their marriage, an offer he finds impossible to refuse. Here, 'Leave Her to Heaven' takes a distinct turn in storytelling approach, abruptly shifting its attention to Ellen's perspective, at which point we begin to recognise that perhaps she isn't as lovely as her new husband has been led to believe.
The new couple move to Richard's secluded lakeside lodge, where they must also care for his crippled younger brother, Danny Darryl Hickman, giving one of those "excited boy scout" child performances that were popular in the s. As the weeks go by, Ellen's near-obsessive love for Richard begins to brood anger, hatred and jealousy, culminating in the cruelest of acts.
Tierney's character initially elicits an amount of sympathy, especially given Richard's apparent inability to recognise his jeanne crain naked desperate need for privacy and intimacy in their relationship. However, it doesn't take long before her behaviour, fuelled by suspicion and paranoia, becomes entirely contemptible, and there's no longer any trace of the charming enchantress we saw in 'Laura Such is her passion for her father, through Richard, that she cannot bear to share him with anybody; thus, her mania stems from the simple notion that "she loves too much. But, geez, even this chilling portrayal can't make me stop loving her.
On the station, he finds that Ellen, her mother Mrs. After the visit of Mrs. Berent and Ruth, Ellen tries to convince Danny to go to their house. Danny prefers to stay and Ellen plots a scheme and Danny drowns in the lake.
Richard and Ellen move to Mrs. Berent's house and Ellen decides to get pregnant to get more attention from Richard. But later she provokes an accident and has a stillborn baby. When Richard leaves Ellen, the obsessive woman plots her own death to incriminate Ruth. Gene Tierney has a fantastic performance and was nominated in to the Oscar of best actress in a leading role.
Her character has also a non-resolved Oedipus complex and her attraction for Richard is due his resemblance with her beloved father. I found that the title "Leave Her to Heaven" is a quote from Hamlet in a scene when the Ghost tells Hamlet to not seek revenge against Queen Gertrude, but rather leave her to heaven meaning that Heaven will judge her.
The conclusion is rushed after Richard telling that Ellen was a monster and disappoints a little bit. My vote is eight. Noirdame79 22 October Lushly photographed in Oscar-winning Techincolor, this film version of Ben Ames William's novel is an engrossingly watchable portrait of a possessive, jealous woman, a role that earned Gene Tierney an Oscar nomination. There is an obvious tension between Ellen Berent Tierney and her mother Mary Phillipsespecially when it is hinted that Ellen and her late father had a special, close relationship.
When the exotically beautiful socialite Ellen meets the handsome, gentle, and rather naive novelist Richard Harland Cornel Wildeshe is taken with him because of his resemblance to her deceased dad. She proposes to Richard, and states breathlessly, "I'll never let you go,", and the poor guy and the audience has no idea what he is in for. It also seems that everyone but Richard and the viewer is aware of Ellen's demands of attention and possessiveness, as the narrator and family friend Glen Robie states early in the film, "Ellen always wins", and "Nothing ever happens to Ellen".
As soon as they are married, they travel to Georgia to meet Richard's handicapped brother, Danny Darryl Hickmanand although Ellen helps look after him and even teaches him to walk with crutches she is incensed by the intrusion of him into their lives, their home, and basically, of any other person coming between her and her husband.
When her mother and sister Ruth Jeanne Crain come for a visit, she is all but enraged and her icy reception sucks all the fun out of that party!!! After her family departs, Ellen secretly takes Danny out in the lake for swimming, and deliberately lets the poor boy drown so jeanne crain naked can have Richard all to herself. The crestfallen novelist and his manipulative bride then go to stay with Ellen's family, and on the advice of Ruth, she decides to give Richard a baby.
However, Ellen is soon disillusioned with the idea, bemoans the fact that she will soon lose her figure and her husband's attentionshe coldly puts on a beautiful blue evening gown, applies red lipstick and deliberately throws herself down a flight of stairs, and succeeds in miscarrying the son that Richard so jeanne crain naked.
She then focuses her obsession on to her gentle sister, seeing the friendship Ruth shares with Richard, and in a self-righteous tirade, berates her long-suffering sibling actually cousin adopted by the familyunwittingly revealing her dastardly deeds for Richard to overhear. He leaves her, preparing to file for divorce, so Ellen hatches her most evil scheme of all - she writes a letter to Quinton saying that Ruth is planning to kill her, and then poisons herself at a family picnic in order to frame her sister.
The truth, however comes out at trial and Harland is forced to serve a prison sentence of two years due to his knowledge of Ellen's crimes, but once he has served his time, he and Ruth, whom had declared her love for him at the trial, unite against a epic sunset. Tierney and Crain look fabulous, and could easily pass for sisters. Ellen's "nightmare" is an effective foreshadowing of Danny's death, and her jealousy over Enid Southern, a girl from Harland's past, adds more richness to the movie.
Chill Wills is great as handyman Thorne, and Vincent Price is a perfect unwitting accomplice in Ellen's last scheme. There are biblical references that resound in the film, for example, Ellen jeanne crain naked portrayed as a serpent emerging from dark waters in one scene, while Ruth is presented as an angelic, nurturing, gardening, animal-loving cherub. Another interesting analogy is that on the way to the ranch, Ellen is anticipating hunting and eating wild turkey, while Ruth can't wait to see the new colts. The theme music is dramatic and adds fuel to the already burning fire of the drama.
It is classified as film noir, and even with the jeanne crain naked photography, it makes sense. An interesting presentation of a truly malicious character. Gene Tierney delivers memorable performance in this technicolor film noir Doylenf 14 April While most film noirs conjure up images of terror in black-and-white settings, 'Leave Her To Heaven' manages to fall into the noir category despite its lush technicolor scenery and handsome interiors.
It's a visually stunning example of "women's noir" performed to the hilt by a talented cast. Only Cornel Wilde fails to deliver. He seems too weak as the author who impulsively marries a beautiful woman, only to find that beneath the lovely exterior is a warped mind consumed by jealousy. He never quite measures up to Tierney's performance--seemingly sweet and kind but actually cold and cunning. Tierney has never been more beautifully photographed and looks stunning throughout. Jeanne Crain does well enough as the demure half-sister, rising to the occasion when the script demands a spunkier side to her personality.
While the plot gets a little "heavy" at times, it's a supremely satisfying melodrama played against some of the most beautiful settings imaginable. Alfred Newman's music suggests the slowly developing tension. All in all, a fascinating example of film noir that succeeds despite technicolor. Another fine example of color noir might be 'Chinatown'.Jeanne crain naked
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